Thursday, March 31, 2011

Did you know?

I've been MIA for the early part of this week because we had some must do thing. I hate when life gets in the way of my blogging *wink*. I will giving an update later on... and tomorrow starts UPB! I will be giving away LOTS of scentsy between April 1st and 8th... so bring yourself and your friends and get in on the give aways!!

Did you know that Italy has palm trees? This is one of the first pictures I took here (on my italian camera phone). I had no idea Italy has palms!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

And our Winner is...

Comment #12- steeldawg2 Congratulations!

Winner has 24 hours to respond to the email I am sending out if winner does not respond I will draw another name!

Thank you all for playing along.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

UBP 2011

Will you be there?

Ultimate Blog Party 2011


Give away

Today I am closing out MY GIVE AWAY. Don't forget to get in on the chance to win! I was going to close it out at 12p EST but because of my time difference I have decided to leave it open until 5p, EST.


Friday, March 25, 2011

International Cellular Devices

I am a techy girl! I LOVE my gadgets! So a cell phone was one of the first things I did when I got here.

Before we left NY I inquired about an iphone and all this nonsense. Well since Verizon's iphone works on the wrong network it wasn't worth the switch. So I got the global plan on my blackberry. I love my blackberry when it wants to work. I knew the bill would be rather high. I didn't mind, since I need a local number for my family.

When I got here I inquired about getting a european Iphone 4. It was like 55 Euro a month ($91) for 30 months and that was everything I needed/wanted. Well turns out how they actually work it, is for the 30 months you are paying for the phone itself. Almost $1000. OMG!

My blackberry was free. I am not a pay-for-this-phone kind of girl.

Over here most all phones are prepaid. The iphone is a contract because of how much it costs.

There are 3 services here that I know of. WIND, VODAPHONE, and TIM. Most everyone here has wind. So we went with wind. That way all the calling between them was free.

You also don't pay by month, you pay by week. You can put 25 Euro on your account and they'll just pull the weekly fee off. It's 1 euro a week for 1000 texts, 2 euro for 250 minutes a week. and 9 euro a month for unlimited internet.

Phones start off at 29 Euro (which reminds me of my first cell phone ever) and go up from there.

I went with a 79 euro phone ($112.45). It looks alot like a blackberry curve. I get it all started up. And it has email, internet, twitter and facebook on it. I love it! It's not the cheapest of the cheap but its not over the top.

Plus who am i going to call anyway? At first I didn't know anyone. And everyone from the 'brigade' here at hell-tel all got wind too, so I'm pretty much set. So for 21 euro a month (LESS THEN $30) I get my unlimited internet and all the calling I need.

Cell phones are much cheaper here then the states. Now to call the states from your cell is possibly. I have! For about 5 minutes of talk, its 3 euro. Pretty much $1 a minute. ALL incoming calls to your cell are free. You can be out of euro and still get calls.

Also when you get a home phone, you can call the states UNLIMITED for 10euro a month, but it costs to call within Italy. So use your cell for country calls and your home phone for state calling and you'll be in the clear and all for less then 40euro a month.

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

Today I am Playing along again with Wifey with the Friday fill in.

1.What is your must have gadget? submitted by Flying High With My Flyboy
I don't just have 1, I have a few. My lap top, my US blackberry, my italian cell phone, and my cameras. My little point and shoot and my dslr.

2.How does your adulthood compare to what you imagined it would be like when you were a little kid? submitted by L to the Third
It doesn't even compare. I expected life to be much easier!

3.What is your favorite chocolate recipe? submitted by Our First Deployment
My all time favorite chocolate recipe is Oreo Truffle!
1 (16 ounce) package OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
1 (8 ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 (8 ounce) packages BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted


Crush 9 of the cookies to fine crumbs in food processor; reserve for later use. (Cookies can also be finely crushed in a resealable plastic bag using a rolling pin.) Crush remaining 36 cookies to fine crumbs; place in medium bowl. Add cream cheese; mix until well blended. Roll cookie mixture into 42 balls, about 1-inch in diameter.
Dip balls in chocolate; place on wax paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover chocolate can be stored at room temperature for another use.) Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Store leftover truffles, covered, in refrigerator

I however scrape the filling out of each one instead of crushing with the filling in. I prefer the texture :) It's a pain but worth it!

4.How do you deal with military life when it gets to be to much or to hard? submitted by Combat Boots And Pointe Shoes
It's never been 'too hard', it's a life style. A whole new way of living. You just have to get in the groove and flow with it. I was tested 3 years ago when my husband was injured in Iraq. Thank goodness he was alright but that really tested me. I have a very wonderful support system, who understand me. Maybe not the life but they understand me, so I am able to talk to them. Talking is my way 'out'.

5.What piece of advice would you give a new Military spouse facing their first deployment? submitted by The Albrecht Squad
OHHHH! I could have quite the list for this one. #1 Don't give up your home and go home to family. #2 DONT become a part of the FRG. Bahahah... this goes without saying. DRAMA! #3 Don't sit by the phone waiting for it to ring. You'll go crazy. I learned this my first deployment. #4 Don't answer the phone to your granny 1000 miles away, the first question will always be "Did you hear from (your husbands name here)" I haven't talked to my grandmother in months *wink* lol. #5 Find a new hobby. Go to the gym, make quilts, talk on the phone a lot. Just don't pick up shopping like me. LOL. Anything to make the time pass. I talked on the phone clear from the time I woke up in the morning until I went to bed. #6 Try and stick to a schedule. I got so screwed up with my sleep I am still paying for it. Going to bed at 3-4am waking up at 6-7am. And tired all day long!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

International house hunting adventure

When we first found out we were moving abroad (July 2010) my biggest fear was finding a suitable home for my family. Being military you get BAH (stateside) which is an amount to OFF SET housing costs, NOT pay for the ENTIRE house like some people think. Overseas you get OHA which is the same basic concept except its for over seas. You also get a utility allowance overseas because everything is more expensive in general and you also get COLA (cost of living allowance) to help with the cost of normal expenses. Being that our post is small, there isn't military housing so to speak. There is a little gated community for military to live in but there is no way it can accommodate everyone stationed here. If you were to live in the 'housing community' they take all your OHA and you dont ever have to worry about bills other then the bills you create. (ie. internet, cell, car note, etc). The also have government leases (which also take all OHA and you don't worry about anything). Well, personally I did not want to live in the housing community because I wanted to have my own house. However if a house is available for your family you have to take it. Lucky for us, there wasn't one big enough. Nor was there a big enough government lease.

So we began house hunting on the economy! Since I am not a huge fan of the area there was certain things I personally required in a house to be happy for the next X amount of years. I wanted a NICE house. A bit larger then our old house. A window in my kitchen.

I found some house, listed them in order of preference. I had 5. Just incase my first or second choice was taken I had something to fall back on. Also, in italy they have to pay taxes on how many bedrooms there are, so they may list a bedroom as a study room or maids quarters. The house that was my first choice was a '3 bedroom' with a study and maids quarter and the 2nd was a 4 bedroom. I got to look at these on monday.

We went to the first one. I loved it. Went to the second one. I loved it.

#1- 5 floors (4 main floors and heated attic), 5 miles from post, beautiful, everything I wanted.

#2- 2 floors, all marble. was actually 3 bedrooms with a maids quarter outside. Wouldn't really work for us.

We were allowed to look at 5 houses total with the military paying for it. Well, i took pictures of both, showed dan. And we decided... House number 1 will be our NEW HOME!

The bottom floor has a huge livingroom/den with a bathroom, second floor has eat in kitchen and livingroom (that could be a dining room), third floor is 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, fourth floor is 2 bedrooms and a bath, and the fifth floor is maids qaurters/ bedroom and fully heated attic/ new playroom/ office.

I could really see myself enjoying the house. The garage/carport could easily fit 4 cars. So much room to enjoy ourselves. I am really happy with our choice.

Also rent for houses & apts abroad is a bit high. Our rent is 1200Euro which is just about $1700 US dollars. At least the military covers it for us. We are very fortunate. We do our pre negotiation tomorrow and should know when we will move it. Since our house is pretty modern and we dont require much (screens and a lock on one door) we should be in by next week.

I'd like to welcome you to our new home!

Leading to the 4th floor

Standing in the upstairs living room looking towards 3rd floor.

And............. The view from our new home... The ALPS!

If you are pcsing overseas and need any help on housing, it doesn't need to be as stressful as you think. Let me know if you need any advice :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cyber Stalker

So! I really do have a cyber stalker! She admitted it to me today!

So I'm waving hi to Maria...


Give away

If you are here to join for the give away make sure you comment for each of your entries so you don't miss out.


your first comment :

-Following you on facebook

second comment :
- I tweeted about your contest

third comment:
-My most memorable trip I've taken....

Please make a seperate comment for EACH so that i can assign each one it's own number to be entered in and give you more of a chance to win!!! Please comment on THIS POST

Tuesday Blog hops!

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Look and Give away!

Welcome to my new and improved look!!! I would first like to extend a HUGE thank you to Raphael for putting up with my-stubborn-self. This was my first time working with someone I didn't know personally. I couldn't have chosen a better person! Please, if you need any design work done, pay him a visit!

Now.. Since we are starting off a new look here I've decided to do a give away! Since I am a scentsy freak, who woulda thunk I'd do a scentsy give away. LOL.

I have decided to give away a WARMER of your choice to include 3 bars. You can chose ANY warmer in the current scentsy catalog (not to include charity/cause/military warmers) as well bars of your choice.

Now how to enter:
*Follow my blog = 1 entry
*Like my page on Facebook = 1 entry
*Invite your friends to my page (up to 5 friends and if they follow and leave a comment that YOU sent them on this post you can get up to 5 entries)
*Tell me about your most memorable trip you've taken = 1 entry

Extra entry 1 entry per day until date of closing- Tweet something that mentions my contest with a link to my blog.

Leave a seperate comment for each of the entries you've done so that I can assign numbers to each one to be put into for the winner to be chosen. Be sure to include your email in your comments.

You can do as many of these as you'd like. However, you must be a follower of my blog to win. You must also be atleast 18 years of age and have a valid email address. I will notify the winner via email (as well as a published blog post) within 24 hours. The winner has 24 hours to respond or I will redraw names.

This contest will be closed and the winner will be chosen on Saturday March 26th at 12pm EST.

Getting ready!

It's almost launch time for my page! A whole new look! I can't wait. Raphael is an amazing graphic designer! He is getting ready to install it for me! Launch time will be soon. And I am going to have little 'kick off' give away! Stay tuned!

I have a feelin'

Have you ever just had a gut feeling that someone is watching you? Perhaps stalking you with no harm intended?

Well, I have this feeling. I closed a few of my other blogs for this reason. However, I am really beginning to think there are a 'few' people out there checking up on us. Now, don't get me wrong I know I air my information to the world. I love the fact that I am able to share my life with everyone and learn from others. But these people I do not understand.

If they don't want to be a part of our lives on a regular basis, what does it matter what we are doing in our lives? If they can't answer emails, block us on facebook and change their phone numbers on us... or haven't seen their grandkids in years why bother checking up on us? I think its more of a being nosy thing. Or perhaps I entertain them.

And then there are other people who stalk me just because they really are nosy and have nothing better to do! That's okay too.

So, here is a little note to my 'stalkers',

We may not have talked in years. There is a reason for that but if my writing and pictures makes you feel closer to us and a part of our lives even though we are disconnected for one reason or another, I hope that you enjoy my blog! And I welcome you along in my blog life, but you'll never be a part of our real lives.

Much love,
Me, My husband and our kids.

My blog is has a copyright so I'd advise that you do not steal any pictures for your personal use because there are penalties and I find everything out :)


I very rarely share pictures of me...
But this is me on OoVoO with my mom
Showing her my Masque

My Lizard friend outside the hotel

My view from the hotel, can you see the Alps?

The "slice" of pizza I got for lunch
Heather and her hubby

The brigade
Waiting for the train
Youy really have to pay to pee.
Lucas getting us lost... see his hand on his head, that is sign #1 LOL

The guy in a thong on his balcony. I can give you a close pic, just didn't know if you wanted to lose your breakfast LOL

This will be mine someday! lol

Venice & Verona Weekend

Man, What a weekend!

Since being in the hotel we've met a lot of people! Since I can't stand to stay in side all day I tend to migrate towards the front of the hotel and hang out under the awning. I've met many people coming and going this way.

After a few days, there was a collection of us that found ourselves out there hanging out together for hours. We are now called 'the brigade' HAHA. There's Angie & Rob, and their son. They came from Lewis. Lucas and Deidre. They also came from Lewis. Heather and Anthony, I *think* they came from stewart. The MILF guy. He is just an older creeper guy, who really amuses us. Then Dan, myself and our kids. All of us, minus the milf guy got here just about the same time. All of us wives felt the same exact way. So I think that is why we bonded so much. We could relate to each other. Vicenza has also grown on us all since we've arrived.

Lucas and deidre have been the go getters. They were out and about shortly after they got here. Not out and about to the market like me, but off to venice.

While hanging out one evening under the awning, we decided that on saturday we were all going to load up, hop the bus, go to the train station and take the train to Venice as a group. Everyone minus milf guy.

And that is exactly what we did.

So we met up in the lobby here at the hell-tel and began our journey to Venice. And what a journey it was! I truly haven't laughed so hard in my entire life! I really haven't enjoyed myself like that in a long time!

We take the bus to the train station- those drivers are crazy to say the least. We arrive at the train station and get situated to get the train. We stop to get a bite to eat in the mean time. We hop the hour and fifteen minute train to venice. We took the slow train because Lucas said to.

Note: Lucas is the most fun person to pick on and it is very amusing to blame him for any mishaps!

I did do previous research on the train and waterbus and venice itself but I didn't have anything on hand that I printed out, and my memory sucks. So we just flew by the seat of our pants. When we get to venice it was just so beautiful. And guess who left the memory card for her camera at the hotel, yup this chick right here!

We had to pay .80 euro to pee. I am not kidding. I had to PAY TO PEE! Seriously? I have to pay to get drink and then pay to pee it out? LOL

We walked and walked and walked. Looked at so many things. Boston was being a mr. cranky pants so we found a pharmacy and went in to get benedryl to knock hom out. They don't carry it. But he noticed this winnie the pooh doll its about 5 inches tall and wanted it. It shut him up. It better for 18 Euro. Sucka! I stopped and got some post cards to send home to family. While doing so, we noticed that there are just dogs everywhere. And they just pee anywhere. We continued our journey. We stopped at a restaurant and got some dinner. While eating the random dog just walks up in the restaurant. I think I almost had a heart attack. Dinner was amazing. We then began our journey back to the train station. We stopped and I got a very beautiful masque.

Now here is when it gets interesting! We get back to the train station and the ticket booths are closed. We had the men running around like a bunch of lunatics trying to figure out how we are going to get home, finally they find a window open, get our tickets for the fast train and we have like 6 minutes to catch the train... and my kid has to pee. So we book it to the bath room, haul back to the train and just to find out we are on car 7 & 9 ... so we have to run even further.

Lucas was then fired as our tour guide ;)

We get back to vicenza catch the bus back to Ederle. We put the kids to bed, then the gang when to the awning to hang out for some drinks and relive the day (harass lucas).

On Sunday, Dan stayed home with the kids and I got to venture out to verona with the brigade alone. I am glad we decided to give the kids a break because Lucas and Mr. Iphone got us all sorts of lost!

Oh Mr. Iphone, is Kits husband. They are the newest members of the brigade. Lucas and Iphone are friends from a previous duty station.

Same thing as saturday. We catch the bus and off to the train station we go. Well this time we found out that we never validated our tickets from the previous day. We didn't know (this came about when we were told to validate our new ones). I guess we could also be fined if they ever checked the tickets while en route. We take the slow train again... get to verona.

None of the 10 of us have been to Verona before. GREAT! Luckily kit can speak enough Italian to get us going. So the boys, Lucas and Mr. Iphone pull on mapquest on the iphone (hence his new name) and put in the arena to get us to where we need to be. We were trying to get to Juilet's castle. We walk... and walk... and go in circle and "u's" because of the cross walks. Almost get taken out by cars. And then we are there! By the Arena.... The Arena, not the coliseum by juliets castle. We are by the Arena where they just got done with soccer. So, while we try to figure out where we are going, we grab a beer for the walk. There are a bunch of rowdy people out in the street just having a good time. Then they start cheering. We figure out why! There is a guy on the 4(ish) floor of an apt building out on his balcony dancing in a thong! We were rolling.

Kit finally gets someone to be able to help us and we are on our way again. Heading back to where we started and then in the opposite direction from before. Before long, we are in the city center of Verona. Ahhhhhhh!

Now... Lucas and Mr. Iphone have been fired again.

Everything was just amazing. We walk the strip to Juilet's castle. The entire strip was just filled with wonderful stores! The whole walk way was marble. Holy cow is that harsh on the feet or what? I got my self some gelato. Ahhh-mazing! We finally make it to Juilet's statue. We rub her boob and take pictures. Isn't that we are supposed to do? Yes! If you don't know, rubbing her boob is supposed to bring you good luck.

We head back and its dark. We decided that since it took us like 17 hours to get there since lucas and mr. iphone got us all jacked up that we'd taxi it back. It took like 3 minuts via taxi. We were rather close to the train station after all. We get to the train station... and here we go again. Train leaves in 8 minutes. We Ruuuuuuuuuun! Flying up flights of stairs. We get to the train and we go to get on putting Angie's son up on to it, and the doors begin to shut, we rip him off the train, run to the next car, jump on... and then wait. OMG! we rushed just to sit there for 10 minutes. That was all lucas' fault too. We ride back to Vicenza, trying to decide where we will eat. We first said on the town, then worried about the bus schedule we opted for post. We get to the Arena on post and the kitchen is closed. Lucas was blamed ;). Everyone began to part their ways and go to their rooms. So, Lucas, Deidre, Mr.Iphone, Kit and myself went to the rooster house. Oh my goodness. The food was so good... and so plentiful.

I will post pictures in a new post!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


This weekend has been full of amazing friends, family and adventures. We are now having a day in Verona today. I can't wait to get back and share our adventures from Venice and Verona with you!!!

I've also seen previews of my new blog design! I LOVE IT! I can't wait to reveal it to you all!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Melatonin Follow up

I've had many people ask about the melatonin. So I thought I would give you a report after 2 days. The melatonin I got is actually 1mg. I took 2 the first night because I didn't think 1mg was 'enough' haha. I have previously done much research and some people take 1mg... some take 50mg. It's all up to you and your body. I took the 2 pills, and a half hour later I felt sleepy. Not tired or worn, I just felt like I could lay down and go to sleep. So that is what I did. I think I was asleep within 5 minutes. I woke up at 6:30 the next morning and I felt GREAT! I didn't feel drugged. I felt very well rested.

I did the same thing last night with the same results. I slept well but not too hard. It's a good sleep. I am going to stick with my 2mg and keep taking it. It feels really good to go to bed with my husband and not just lay there waiting to fall asleep for hours.

I have to say that I am very impressed. My husband has also been taking it. Since being deployed twice he sometimes has difficulty falling asleep. He has the same results!!

A bottle of 100 tablets of 1mg runs about $5 at walmart. (We got ours before we left NY)

I would recommend getting the 1mg to start since you can take 3 if need be but if you get 5mg you don't have a way of taking less.

If you have sleep issues and decide to try melatonin, please stop by and let me know how it works for you!

Saturday Stalk-Blog Hop

Just Married with Coupons

I'm joining Dawn with a blog hop this weekend. I 'met' Dawn when she stopped by my blog. And now her husband is currently working on my brand new make over for my blog! I can't wait.

I love getting new followers! And looking at all the different blogs there are out there! I've learned so much from my fellow bloggers!

Happy Blogging!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Looking for help!

I am wanting to redesign my blog! I usually always go to my friend Jeannie of Jeannie Reeve Photography and she does AMAZING, but from what I can see, her business is booming and she has 3 children and a husband that keep her life busy as well. I didn't want to 'bother' her with my silly little blog redesign. I am just looking a 3 column template... that is cute... modern and suits my life and blog. And possibly a button as well. I am willing to pay. I am fairly easy to please with designs ;) If you can help... or know someone that can let me know! I would forever be grateful!

Blog Hop!

I've decided to join a blog hop this week!

Pregnancy and Baby 411 Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop

Please join us. I love new blogs. If you follow me, leave a comment so I can follow you back!

Sleep Gene Mutation- That's me!

I really think I have sleeping issues. When we lived in NY I didn't roll into bed until 1-2am. When Hubby was deployed I chalked it up to not being able to sleep because he was gone. Then he returned. I still didn't sleep. I can go to bed around 2am, wake up and 6am and feel more refreshed then if I went and got 6-8 hours of sleep. See, there is a sleep gene mutation thingy here! I keep saying "I need to get myself on a schedule." Our entire life is very structured, except my sleep pattern. So, tonight is night one that I am going to try a melatonin supplement. Melatonin is naturally secreted by the pineal glad in the brain to stimulate 'darkness' or sleep. The only reason I am trying this is because I want to go to bed at the same time as my husband and not lay there for hours on end.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 5... And it isn't so bad

Well today marks the 5th day that we've been in Italy.

Things I've figured out:
- It rain's... there isn't anything you can do about it. So I took my kids to play in the rain. It was nothing the wash machine and a warm bath couldn't fix.

-AFN sucks. That is also who my husband will be working with. So he gets to hear me complain about it. Or just not watch it and go online.. which brings me to...

-Most sites you can watch in the US you cannot here. UNLESS you are tricky like this girl right here. I figured out a way to by pass their nonsense and now I get my american tv shows whenever I want :)

-Italians are rude. American's stationed here not so much. Actually, EVERYONE... and I mean EVERYONE I've met while being stuck in the hell-tel have been amazing. At first I would refer to her as 'the receptionist'... well now it's Maria. She is such a doll. I talked to her in passing going in and out of the hotel. She gave me her cell number and email. And even took me to register my kids in school today. As well as to the mall! She is no longer the receptionist, she is a friend! The AFN family has been great too! When we first got here they had set up our room with goodies bags for all the kids. Wine and wine glasses for me and Dan. A laundry basket to include everything under the sun as well a gift card to the px to get us started off here. What other unit in the army do you know that would do that? Then invite us to take a tour of the station. Invite us to lunch (which we had to pass on because we were still very jet lagged) and ask everyday how we are... how we are adjusting. If there is anything they can do for us. And they aren't fake. You can see it in the way they talk.. their body language. They are just generally nice people! I think we might have just lucked out in the 'unit' dept.

-DOD schools are the most unorganized system going. But it's okay. My kids will not be out of school forever! Actually they go on Thursday. Kaiden getting into Sure start (their preschool) is like pulling teeth. The fact that he has an IEP did not help him. Ya know what did? Never in a million years would I have thought that this would get me somewhere, but it did today! If the students parents were teenage parents you get a 'point' towards eligibility. Or if you have children close in age that is also a 'point'. You've got to be kidding right? I don't brag that I had my oldest daughter when I was 17. If you speak to me, not many people would guess I am as young as I am. Most of my friends are 30 years old or older.

-Vicenza is the most family oriented place I have ever encountered since Dan's joined (any branch) the military.

-Inprocess- it just sucks in general. But you only have to do it once at each duty
station then it's over, thank goodness.

-Hating it here- I am NOT the only one who 'hates' it here. Or is not impressed with the area. However together all of us haters can have a club and make the best of the years we have to stay here :)

-Shopping- If you like to shop, this is the place for you. I love to shop. I am glad I stashed some serious cash for this occasion... I'm going to need it!

-Housing- it WILL be the most awful experience here. But once you are past it, you'll be fine. If you can make it though the housing process you can make it through anything. Getting a house here is not like getting a house in the states.

-Delivery- YES! Vicenza had delivery. We ordered in food for the whole family. It cost us 53 Euro =$74. And trust me it was not fit to feed a king. It would be something you'd order at your local tex-mex/pizza hut combo place. HAH! I am not kidding.

-Cell phones- They are CHEAP here! holy cow! The US needs to come up with some of these plans there!

-Candy- Man I am all candied out! I have tried everything and I am so sick of chocolate it isn't even funny.

-Coca/pepsi/soda/pop- It doesn't taste the same here. Good luck finding pepsi, they do have it at the com. but it's usually sold out. coca cola is the way to go. And IT DOES NOT taste the same as the states.

-Being yourself- I've always been one to be me and not change for anyone. I intend on staying who I am forever. Italians wear black. All black, must be the Mob part of them. HAHAHA! So, my pink hair sticks out. As well as my clothes. Do I care? No! Will I care? No! If they are happy with who they are and I am happy with who I am, what does it matter? I can't climb mountains in the high heeled boots they wear to climb mountains. Nor will I walk miles of markets in stilettos. I like my flippity flops and I am going to wear them like there is no tomorrow.

The 3 years may not be the best 3 years of my life. Or the worst. It's all a learning experience.

I did take a leap today and at the local italian market I got some food to just try. I am being open minded and positive! And.. it wasn't my favorite. But it wasn't dog food either. Just don't get the pizza with the 'brown looking noodles' on it, It is actually horse. GROSS! LOL

Monday, March 14, 2011

Have facebook and a free moment?

I decided to participate in my first ever contest. It was through operation homefront. It was called 10,000 minutes of american hero's. I put in a picture from our welcome home this past may of Dan and Bubba. Well they made it to the top 10.


Thank you for all your support.

90 hours and counting up or down?

So I've made it 90 hours in this nasty polluted, smog filled, rude people infested country. GO ME!

Now now, don't worry this post is not going to be 100% negative.. only maybe 95% today! ;)

I went to the market yesterday! I love love love the street market! I am a shopper so I was completely in my element. I met 4 new ladies (and a husband). They were all very nice and welcoming. As well as informative.

I got some real Italian pastries. They were very delicious. I was also able to go get myself a local cell phone so that I can cut the global plan on my verizon phone here soon. It's not a bad phone, I am really impressed with it actually.

Then today rolls around. Dan has a briefing about whatever. All I want is a house. I need a place to put my kids! My kids need to go to school. He comes back and says a whole bunch of nonsense I didn't need to hear. So, we made an agreement. IF.. IF the army tries to stick our family of 6 in a 3 bedroom house, then Dan is going to finish this tour alone (all 3 years) and the kids and myself are flying back to the states next week. If I have to live in this nasty country for the next 3 years, the least the military can do is make it semi-comfortable for us.

I walked outside my Hell-tel room today and much to my surprise the smog and nasty pollution wasn't bad. You can actually see mountains! I'd love to share picture with you, however I am not allowed to take pictures on post. For some unknown reason Vicenza is like top secret however all those war zones and COBS and FOBS in afghanistan and Iraq are not. I can't wait to find out why its so top secret ;)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Today is over and tomorrow brings....

Today was a really really bad day. But it's past us now.

I have been apart of The Army wives forums for a while now. I usually just read, it's been very helpful. I have posted a little bit and everyone is so very welcoming. I was posting about how I hate it here and through that I met two very nice ladies, who are also stationed here (and are still new or kind of new). The one that has been here the longest invited me to tag along to the street market in the morning. I eagerly accepted her offer (before I even spoke with Dan tee-hee). I mentioned it to dan and I think he was practically pushing me out the door now to go. And as it turns out the other girl I met is tagging along too! Yeah! I am so excited. I will get to meet new people, see a new place and maybe even get to buy something!!! Just have to get me some Euro.

Tomorrow is a NEW day. And I am hoping that it's going to be a GREAT day! It's looking wonderful already.


This is my friend.... my only friend here in Vicenza.
I got him out of a kinder egg.. He hates it here too, you
can see it in his face :)

I want to go home!

Warning: HUGE VENT coming!

So we've been in Vicenza for 2 days. And I HATE IT HERE! I want to go home! This place sucks.

Getting here wasn't bad at all. Being here blows. Everyone thinks Italy is such a great place to be. Ugh? Have you actually come here? If you haven't, don't come here to live.

~I've looked up tickets to fly home about 20 times in the first 48 hours being here. That is sad. I'm willing to pay 11 THOUSAND dollars to get out of hell. I hate it that much!

Let's see... The great things about being here?
Um..... um......
OH! Dan's people he works with put a very wonderful gift basket and set up for us in our hotel room. They are all very sweet people.

~ the px isn't bad. Quite surprising.

Anything else? Not a chance.

Now... the awful things about being here.

~The fact that I can't understand anyone
~AFN sucks and doesn't even have cartoons for my babies
~This place smells
~It is so damn small here.
~We have no idea where anything is... and the map they have us isn't even accurate.
~We have no way of getting anywhere other then our feet. Which is fine.. if stupid ass people knew how to drive
~I have never felt so out of place in my life.
~I hate Euro's
~I can't even take pictures on post. WTF soldiers are even allowed to take pictures in war zones. But I am not allowed to show my family where we are living.
~All of our household goods are here and who the hell knows when we can go look at houses. Apparently getting info on that is not first on my husbands list. Well, 2 weeks tops I am staying in this hotel. The 14 day mark I am packing up and flying back to the states where we belong.
~Next time I hear, it's all what you make it. I am going to fly off the handle on that person. What the fuck can you 'make' out of nothing? NOTHING!

Since I hate it so much here I am not doing anything. I am not fixing my ID to be able to come freely on and off post. Why would I? There isn't shit on post. I would consider it wonderful if I never had to step foot on this scum place again.

I am NOT going to the newcomers welcome thing. I don't care to know shit about this place. I have no interest. I just want a damn house. So I can sit there and rot for the next 1093 days.. That is the countdown until the end of this tour. UGH!

I've never been this depressed in my entire life. I really think I am on the verge of a mental break down. This is not like me. If you really 'KNOW' me. I will talk to anyone. I adjust well. I LOVE moving. I am usually a bitch, yes. But that is just one of my awesome traits, but not in a bad way. There is no way that I will make 3 years here. I don't want to live here for 3 years.

I haven't had a conversation with an adult (besides my husband), in person for longer then 6 minutes in days and its really getting to me.

Seriously, as a military wife, I've done 2 deployments, one of which my husband was injured. I never ask for anything. I don't complain when my husband isn't home.

Is it really fair that I have to sit here with tears streaming down my face because I have never been so unhappy in my life? I just want to go home. I want to have a normal life again. I am sick of living in a hotel. I need a home for my kids. I want to be able to cook my kids a real meal, not eat out and not eat snacks and sandwiches. Its been weeks.... weeks since we've good a real meal.

I hate this place.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Fill in

I am playing along with the MilSpouse friday fill in with Wifey over at Wife of a Sailor

During military separations (whether short or long) how do you keep yourself positive and motivated?
submitted by Married/Single Parent
I have NO clue! Somehow, someway I manage to pull it all together. I am a day by day kind of person when it comes to long separations.

What is your favorite concert you have ever been to? submitted by Young but Not (Completely) Dumb
Mine was actually Toby Keith and I am NOT a country music type person. The concert was amazing however!

What do you miss most about your “hometown”
? submitted by A Florida Girl and Her Soldier
I never thought I would say this, but the close knit community in general. The fact that everybody knows your name, who your parents are and your teachers also taught your parents.

If you could run in any race, which charity would you choose to support? submitted by Wookie & Co.
American Cancer Society- My mom is battling stage 4 cancer throughout her entire body.

You find out Willy Wonka is your father, what 3 course meal do you INSIST he create in that stick of gum? submitted by A{muse}ing Mommy on a Pink Park Bench
A 3 course meal as a stick of gum just turns my stomach haha.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Since coming to NJ, we've taken advantage of eating at so many places we've either never eaten at or haven't eaten at since we lived down south.

Eating out is very costly for a family of 6 for 5 days. HAHA! But the experience is so worth it and having the experiences is why we saved to be able to enjoy ourselves.

Last night we took the kids to Joe's crab shack. This place was amazing! The atmosphere was great! The staff were ever so pleasant and the kids were extremely well behaved!

I would highly recommend going to a Joe's crab shack if you ever have a chance!

I'm a hot mess! So lets pretend this picture is not here lol